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Farming

Still the largest

Fonterra milk powder factory Darfield Canterbury's grasp of the world's largest milk processing dryer title looks to be on safe ground.

Seeds of optimism

Carrots in flower for seed Canterbury's arable farmers are scanning the horizon for more mild weather to get crops in the ground this spring after a wet autumn sowing.

Burn-offs leave residents fuming

Farm burnoffs in South Canterbury looking towards the Hunter Hills. Concern is growing about the effect of rural burn-offs on Timaru's air.

Fire control warning

Farm burnoffs in South Canterbury looking towards the Hunter Hills. Canterbury farmers warned to keep winter burn-offs from spreading or face big bills in fire control costs.

Farmers milking technology

Crofoot Farmers need to sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to new technologies targeted at making it easier to do business.

Opinion poll

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Related story: Lochinver Station sale leaves Fed Farmers 'uneasy'

Beyond the pale

This photo of a glass of didymo-polluted water was emailed to Louise Giltrap. Louise Giltrap is concerned to find clean drinking water is not always available for some farm workers.

Workplace safety warning

Worksafe NZ's guidelines for the safe use of quad bikes is more than just wearing helmets.

Keeping rivers clean

Think outside the square

Milk is the go for firm

Neil Cullen Global domination is the aim for a new Kiwi product.

Fonterra stink worries

Resident affected by the stench of millions of litres of rotting buttermilk now fears another community might be lumped with the putrid problem.

Unchecked land conversion problems

Farm fitness warrant

Still the largest

Canterbury's grasp of the world's largest milk processing dryer title looks to be on safe ground.

White face a premium advantage

Hereford-freisian cattle Hereford-friesian calves are fetching premium prices in parts of NZ as the annual round of calf sales gets into full swing.

NZ meat sales hit Chinese TV

Silver Fern Farms wants to add more value to meat after launching prime cuts of packaged beef and lamb onto a televised shopping show in China.

Meat price may disappoint

Rare herd for sale

Success secrets shared

Southland farmers who sell beef and lamb direct to the consumer will feature on TV.

What goes on in a sheepdog's head?

sheepdog strap Researchers are using high technology and maths to work out how sheepdogs herd sheep.

Farmer's perfume trick

A sheep farmer has a penchant for women's perfumes. But, it's not what you might think.

Intensive farmer

Aussies want Shrek's record

Shrek still a world-bleater

Those Aussies are forever trying to pull the wool over our eyes. But this time, the dags have fallen short.

Delays frustrate hemp growers

Kina Beach Vineyard. Seed growers are fed up with continued delays limiting them from growing hemp for the 2014/15 season and developing a vibrant industry.

Hawke's Bay grower wins

A Hawke's Bay grape grower has won the Champion Wine of the Show at this year's Romeo Bragato Wine Awards.

A head for potatoes

Organic berry market grows

Seeds of optimism

Canterbury's arable farmers are scanning the horizon for more mild weather to get crops in the ground this spring after a wet autumn sowing.

Fire control warning

Farm burnoffs in South Canterbury looking towards the Hunter Hills. Canterbury farmers warned to keep winter burn-offs from spreading or face big bills in fire control costs.

Farmers milking technology

Farmers need to sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to new technologies targeted at making it easier to do business.

Lochinver sale change denied

Bid to improve quad safety

Burn-offs leave residents fuming

Concern is growing about the effect of rural burn-offs on Timaru's air.

IRD warning for dairying

ird Dairy farmers need to take action now to avoid high Inland Revenue interest being charged on tax owed for the season, warns a tax expert.

Keep calm and carry on calving

Here is some timely advice as the strenuous demands of calving approach.

Take worries away from clifftops

Cows like to be cool, too

Plantain guru casts light on system

About 80 Taranaki beef and sheep farmers have a new insight into growing plantain.

Bigger plans on the way for Fieldays

Hamilton's Mystery Creek Pavilion is filled with the latest in agribusiness offerings for the Fieldays. Planning is already well underway for next year's Fieldays, as the team celebrates the success of the most recent event.

A brave new world

Technology is set to make farming a push-button business in the next decade.

Sculpture's timely entry

Upbeat over tech future

Chile chases youngster's invention

Young inventor Patrick Roskam is on an upward trajectory of success following his acceptance of his latest award.